HOUSING and infrastructure minister Ronald Chitotela says the government has embarked on a project to build houses for the aged in society.
Chitotela said yesterday that his ministry would start with 10 houses in priority areas in the country.
He said his ministry had engaged the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare to advise on the 10 priority areas where houses for the aged were urgently needed.
Chitotela said once the community development ministry advised, he would engage the Commissioner of Lands to help identify land in the targeted districts.
“The houses to be constructed will be designed in such a way that they meet the acceptable standards prescribed by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare. This project is part of government’s long-term agenda of providing social houses for the people of Zambia,” he said, according to statement issued by the ministry’s public relations officer Jeff Banda. “My ministry is also engaging the private sector so that they partner with government in this noble cause. So far, we are happy because the response from the private sector is very encouraging.”
Chitotela said the government intended to put acceptable accommodation for the aged in society and in accordance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare.
And Chitotela said in an effort to provide decent and affordable housing in the county, his ministry had started a project in which it was empowering people to make blocks for housing using local materials.
He said his ministry has partnered with the University of Zambia, the Technology Development and Advisory Unit (TDAU), and the National Council for Construction (NCC) to successfully implement that initiative.
“So far my Ministry has successfully trained the Chadiza Housing Cooperative in Eastern Province in making of soil stabilised inter-locking blocks. The project is already proving to be a success because so far about 5,000 blocks have been made by local people who had undergone training in the month of July 2018,” Chitotela said.
He said the project promoted the use of local materials in building of houses to enhance affordable housing among communities.
Chitotela said the initiative of making the blocks was expected to be rolled out to the rest of the country.